Dickerson Says SMU Paid Him : Claims One School Offered $50,000
unning back Eric Dickerson of the Rams has admitted he accepted money while attending Southern Methodist University and said he was once offered $50,000 in cash by a recruiter for another college.
Dickerson made the comments Thursday night at a Boys Town Boosters' athletic banquet in Omaha, where he was making a stop on his anti-drug program tour.
"Just like anyone else, I got it," Dickerson said of receiving money from SMU. "If I asked for $50, if I needed some spending money, they would give it to me. I never got thousands of dollars or condominiums and all that kind of stuff."
Dickerson, who until Thursday had refused to comment on the SMU scandal, attended the university from 1979 through 1982.
Last February, SMU was given the so-called "death penalty" for rules violations that occurred while the university was already on probation. The NCAA infractions committee ordered that SMU cancel its 1987 season and limit the 1988 season schedule to road games. The university has since decided to discontinue its football program until 1989.